Gert Strydom Poems
- Invictus (A Reply To William E...
- Nightmares (English Sonnet) There sometimes is really bad ...
- I Love You (Villanelle) (after Elizabeth Barrett Browning) ...
- Space Haiku’s Satellite observe mist cloud ...
- An Abandoned Bundle (In Answe...
- Water (Acrostic) Water is my favourite drink, At times the ...
- Gentling A Wildcat The yellowish-red of the caracal blended ...
Gert Strydom was born in 1964 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He matriculated at Estcourt High School after which he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (B.B.A.) at Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan, U.S.A.) and apart from being a poet and writer he is an accountant by profession.
He was called up for compulsory national service in the South African defence force (SADF) for a period of two years during the time of the South African border / bush war and while following his profession was called up for several compulsory camps for several months as a member of the South African Citizen’s force and did partake in the National Colours Parade and ... more »
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Invictus (A Reply To William Ernest Henley)
While the night stretch black over me
and in the dark sky I see countless lights
I thank the God that made me free
to choose which light to follow as a guide.
In dark circumstance and whatever fate brings,
destiny and chance do not conquer
and I still rise wiser
to life and its things
and my will remains free
to decide where my words
and actions belong
whether they are right or wrong
and to no human I bend a knee
and in all things I only answer to Him
who Captain’s me.
[References: Invictus by William Ernest ...